Once again, I am super sorry for the wait! The Walking Dead fandom still has a HUGE hold on me and I have a couple stories I am working on for it. But now, I have finally finished this story. I don't know how happy I am with this chapter, but I hope you all enjoy it! And my apologies if Sheldon seems a little(or a lot) OOC!
As much as Penny enjoyed the kiss, she couldn't help but wonder why he was kissing her now. Pulling away from his mouth, she looked up at him. "What are you doing, Sheldon?"
"I thought it was quite obvious, Penny." He straightened his back. "I was kissing you."
She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Opening them again, she spoke. "I know what you were doing. But why?"
Sheldon placed his uninjured arm behind his back. "I thought that was what one did when they have feelings for someone."
Penny took a step back, further into her apartment, in slight shock. "You have feelings for me?"
He nodded, somewhat nervously.
Penny couldn't speak. Sheldon Cooper, the man with an IQ of 187 and the man who was one day going to win a Nobel Prize, had feelings for her? Plain waitress Penny, who was going nowhere and couldn't even get a damn role in a commercial.
"Penny?" He broke her out of her reverie. "Say something, please. Your silence is quite distressing."
"I-I'm sorry, sweetie." She stuttered. "What did you want me to say?"
"Well, I would like to know if you reciprocate my feelings." He shifted from foot-to-foot, clearly nervous. Sheldon was never nervous about anything, except when he had to give speeches in front of hundreds of people.
"Uh..." She had no idea why she couldn't find the words. Maybe it was because she had never, in her life, thought that Sheldon would ask her that question. So, she took a deep breath and looked him straight in the eyes, his beautiful blue eyes. "Yes, Sheldon. I do have feelings for you."
He smiled a real smile and not one of his creepy ones. "Excellent." Then he leaned down to kiss her again, but she stopped him with a hand to his chest. He was confused.
"Before you plant another one on me, we have to talk." Her fingers curled in his shirt and she tugged him into her apartment and shut the door behind her.
He stood awkwardly in the middle of her living room and looked at everything else besides her. "What is it that we must talk about?"
Placing her hands on her hips, she fixed him with a glare. "I think you know what we need to talk about, Sheldon Cooper."
"I'm sorry, Penny, I am afraid I do not know what we have to talk about. You were not specific when you pulled me in here." He turned his head from her, but not before she saw his face twitch.
He was lying. He knew exactly what they needed to discuss. Penny sighed in slight annoyance.
"Alright then, I guess I'll just have to remind you." She sat down in the only chair in her small living room and motioned for Sheldon to take his seat on her couch. "The first thing we have to talk about is why Leonard and the guys left you to walk home."
"Ah," he said. "That's what we have to talk about. In fact, that is why I came over here."
She sat back in her seat and looked at him. "Really? Well, then. Spill."
He placed his good hand on his knee and began to talk. "The reason I didn't tell you, Penny, is because I knew that if I did it would harm yours and Leonard's friendship. I-"
"Sheldon, you were beat up because of him. Mine and Leonard's friendship is on very thin ice right now and I'm sure it can't get any worse."
"Penny," he glared at her. "I would appreciate it if you did not interrupt me."
She rolled her eyes. "I'm sorry. Go on."
"Anyways, as I was saying. I was concerned about yours and Leonard's friendship, but a few minutes ago he was the one who sent me over here to talk to you." He paused and waited to see if she had anything to say.
"Leonard sent you over here so you could tell me the reason why he left you?"
"That's what I said, Penny." He sighed.
"Alright, alright. No more questions from me. Now keep on going." She had to hide a smile. She was proud of Leonard and would tell him that as soon as she and Sheldon were done here. If they ever got finished here.
"On the day I was left behind, I had asked Leonard if I could speak with him privately." He continued. "Once him and I were alone, I asked him permission to date you."
"What?" She asked, surprised.
Sheldon fixed her with a look.
"Sorry." She mumbled.
"I gave him valid reasons on why he should let me court you, but he refused to let me."
"What?!" This time she stood up and began pacing. "He said you couldn't date me? Who gave him the right to say that? He's not my dad." She stopped. "And why did you ask him? That's not like you. You usually just do what you want."
He looked up at her. "I thought that was what one did when they wished to date a past paramour of their best friend."
Penny smiled and ran a hand through her hair. "No. Normally they don't even think about dating their best friend's ex or they just go behind their backs."
"You know I couldn't go behind his back, because I cannot lie and I would feel guilty about betraying him like that." He avoided her gaze. "And I care about you too much to not think about being with you." He said the last part very softly. So softly Penny could barely hear him.
"What?" she took a seat next to him and placed a hand on his face so he would look at her. "What did you say, Moonpie?"
"Don't call me Moonpie." He mumbled, still refusing to look at her.
"Aw, sweetie." She wrapped her arms around his shoulders and pressed her face into the crook of his neck. Never had anyone said something so sweet to, or, about her.
"May I finish, Penny?" He turned his head to look at her. "I would very much like to kiss you again."
She smiled. "Well, then hurry up."
"Alright." He sat up straighter and Penny lifted her head from his shoulder. "After that, he must have told Raj and Howard what we discussed and they left me."
"That was the reason?" She asked. "What a stupid reason."
"I'm glad Leonard realized how wrong he was and told you to tell me. I suppose I can't be that mad at him."
"Good." Sheldon said, relieved. "I was hoping that this would not damage your friendship. It is plain to see that Leonard cares for you and would be devastated if you chose to end your friendship."
"You know, Sheldon," she snuggled up to his side. "As much as you try to not act like it, you really care about your friends. Leonard is lucky to have a best friend like you."
"Thank you, Penny." He turned his body to face her. "Now, may I kiss you?"
Penny grabbed his face between her hands. "Yes." Then crushed her lips on his.
Several minutes later, Penny detached her lips from Sheldon's and climbed out of his lap, careful of his injured wrists.
"Why did you stop?" He whined, reaching for her with his uninjured hand.
She grabbed his hand and placed it on her waist, but didn't allow him to pull her closer. "We still have other things to talk about, Sheldon."
"But Penny!" He whined again.
"I'm sorry, but there's another thing we need to discuss." She sat down in front of him on the coffee table. "How come you didn't tell me that it was Kurt who beat you up?"
His hand slid from her waist and once again he didn't look at her. "I was afraid you would think that it was somehow your fault."
"But it is my fault!" She cried. "If I had never sent you and Leonard to get my TV those few years ago, Kurt would have never recognized you and he would have never beaten you up!" Tears came to her eyes.
"This is why I did not want to tell you." He reached over to wipe a tear from her cheek, something he could never picture himself doing for anyone else. "It is not your fault. I firmly believe that even if he did not know me, he would still have inflicted pain on my person."
"Sheldon, I don't thin-"
"Penny, I don't blame you at all. The thought never even crossed my mind." His hand remained on her cheek. His touch seemed to reassure. "Now, is that all we need to discuss, Penny?"
She smiled through her tears and nodded, covering his hand with hers, glad that her fears were gone. Glad that he didn't blame her and glad that he seemed to care for her so much.
When she had first met Sheldon Cooper, she never thought that she would have fallen in love with him and definitely never thought that he would return her feelings.
"So, we are completely done talking?" He asked.
She nodded again.
"Good. Now I would like you to kiss me again."
She did so happily.
Thanks for reading!
I'm sorry if this chapter disappointed you all, but I didn't want to leave you all hanging with this story! I am about 97.668384% sure I will be going over this again and possibly making some changes.
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